First WTC Bomber Carried plans for airliner suicide crashes
Sun Sep 16 22:58:01 2001
Ramzi Yusef, architect of first World Trade Center bombing,carried
plans for airliner suicide crashes
Special to World Tribune.com
MIDDLE EAST NEWSLINE
Saturday, September 15, 2001
Ramzi Ahmed Yusef has long been behind bars. But he might provide the key for federal investigators examining the suicide attacks in New York andWashington.
U.S. officials said the destruction of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon bear the imprint of Yusef, the 41-year-old Pakistani who was convicted for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. Yusef was arrested and found with plans for a coordinated series of hijackings and suicide crashes of several U.S. commercial airliners.
The plan was never carried out, the officials said, because of the limitations of the poorly-trained squad. Most of Yusef's plans, including the 1993 World Trade Center attack, failed to succeed.
"What we saw was the completion of Yusef's plans," an official said. "The resemblance is too strong to ignore."
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said each of the hijacked planes were commandeered by three to six attackers. Several of the attackers were pilots trained in the United States, Ashcroft said.
Federal investigation sources said one of the suspects is Mohammed Ata. Ata was identified as a Palestinian wanted for a 1996 bus bombing in Israel.
One prospect is that Saudi billionaire fugitive Osama Bin Laden, together with a Middle East government, revised Yusef's plans and launched preparation as early as 1998. A senior German government official said the intelligence
services of Britain, France, Germany, and Israel have fingered Bin Laden as the prime suspect.
"The way it was carried out, the choice of targets, the military approach, the highly professional preparation and the presumably large financial resources mean there are many points that indicate we should look for the perpetrators among those around Osama Bin Laden," Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the chief of staff of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, said.
The officials said Yusef, sentenced in 1998 to 240 years in prison, will probably undergo additional interrogation. In addition, they said, the huge pile of documents found in his possession as well as intercepts of his conversations
will be reviewed.
One U.S. counterterrorism source acknowledged that the first FBI investigation of Yusef was incomplete and much of the material from the first World Trade Center bombing was either ignored or did not undergo proper analysis. The source said even the translation of the Yusef material was an extremely slow process.
Yusef was regarded by U.S. counterterrorism officials as a key contractor for Islamic terrorist attacks. They said he worked for such governments as Iran, Iraq and Pakistan.
Born in Pakistan Abdul Karim Rind, Yusef grew up in Kuwait and began to work with the Palestinian Hamas movement. Yusef was said to have built a network that included Islamic militants in the United States, Europe and the Philippines.
Initial support came from Pakistani intelligence and Saudi businessmen in Karachi. But much of the financing was said to have stemmed from Saudi and Arab Gulf nationals in such countries as Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab
Emirates. Later, Yusef obtained independent financing through arms trafficking and selling his services to Middle East governments and Islamic movements. Yusef based many of his agents along the Iranian-Afghan border.
The Bush administration has pledged to pursue the investigation of the kamikaze bombings whatever the cost. U.S. officials said Pakistani leaders have been urged to cooperate in the investigation.
"We're facing a different enemy than we've every faced," U.S. President George Bush said. "This is an enemy that thinks its harbors are safe. But its harbors won't be safe forever."
HOW IS IT THAT THE FBI/CIA WERE A SLEEP AT THE SWITCH ABOUT THESE ATTACKS, WHEN THEY HAD A COPY OF THE PLANS...
WHERE IS THE 'MEDIA' ... WHY ISN'T THIS BEING TOLD TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE....
NOBODY IS THIS INCOMPENTANT! BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF $$$ LATER! SOME PARTY!